This morning, the House budget proposal had a simple, boiler plate name.
Before the day is over, the House is expected to change the name of the bill to an unwieldy, exhaustive list of all the taxes the proposal would raise. House rules say amendments must be germaine to the bill.
The rule exists to ensure that bills don't include random provisions unrelated to the subject matter of the bill.
The rule requires that if an amendment would run counter to the bill title, it would need a 2/3 vote to suspend the rules to be considered. The new name hasn't been added yet, so House members could still run amendments through.
Rep. Paul Luebke, a Durham Democrat, said that the tax package received 150 comments from the 30 members of the Finance Committee.
"It was an excellent debate, but that entire debate does not need to be repeated on the House floor," Luebke said.
"It's anti-democratic," said Rep. Paul Stam, an Apex Repubilcan and the House minority leader.